Had an accident on your sports motorcycle?
The power and speed behind a sports bike is unlike anything else and we know how addictive that feeling is.
Once you’ve got yourself a sporty motorbike, you never turn back.
Even after you’ve been in an accident or two...or three.
Accidents can be related to bikers taking a corner too fast, unexpected road conditions or getting a bit too cheeky with their biker friends (don’t try to deny it).
But other times, it can be through no fault of the rider and it is these accidents that can cause serious injury and damage.
Some prominent no-fault accidents we see tend to be due to:
- Other drivers not giving way to motorcyclists when necessary
- Drivers cutting bikers off when changing lanes
- Drivers/passengers opening their parked car door in front of an oncoming motorcyclist
- A general lack of attention and focus
What are the most common causes for motorcycle accidents?
The most common reasons for accidents in the UK, causing injury and even death, include:
Failure to negotiate bends:
The circumstances of this vary and may include the motorcyclist taking the bend too wide and therefore entering into oncoming traffic, travelling too fast or another vehicle cutting the bend and colliding with the motorcyclist. It may also be that road hazards such as loose gravel or debris have played a part in the accident.
Collisions at junctions
Junctions pose a threat to all road users, not just motorcyclists (although they are more common for bikers). Research suggests that the majority of biker accidents happen at junctions, with UK Police reporting that 64% of motorbike accidents occurred at a junction in 2016. The riskiest scenario to be wary of is drivers turning right at junctions, into the path of oncoming motorcyclists.
Overtaking and filtering
Overtaking manoeuvres are far more risky for bikers compared to other motorists; in part due to bikes being more difficult to see and also the ease with which motorbikes can overtake can sometimes make it more tempting for riders to take risks. Filtering is a form of overtaking that can lead to accidents and injury - other drivers may not be expecting a biker to be filtering through and commonly don’t see them.
Although more motorcycle accidents occur when the bike is traveling at slower speeds, accidents leading to serious injury and fatality is more commonly seen at high speeds. To avoid being involved in an accident on your bike (and save on fines), stick to the speed limits, don’t take risks and ride cautiously (boring, maybe, but important!), especially when you’re in a higher-risk situation like taking on a bend, moving through junctions and overtaking.
For tips on staying safe on the road, view our motorbike safety tips..
If you have been involved in an accident where you feel another driver was at fault, even partially, you could make a claim for compensation.